Saturday October 6 2012
Milito: 'Go on, jeer Cassano!'

Diego Milito compares Andrea Stramaccioni to Jose Mourinho and urges Milan fans to jeer Antonio Cassano. “They’ll be doing him a favour.”

El Principe prepares to lead Inter out against their arch rivals in tomorrow night’s Derby della Madonnina.

“Cassano sees the game like few others,” Milito told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “As soon as he turns, he looks for the centre-forward or a teammate making a run. He loves to provide assists even more than score goals.

“The secret of playing alongside him is to watch him all the time, because he is watching you. That means understanding what he’s got in mind and making the right run. It was never that difficult, but as time goes on we are getting to know each other even better.

“Antonio can smash open a game. He wants the ball to his feet and likes to deliver it to your foot.”

Cassano is facing the club he left in the summer and Milan supporters plan a frosty reception for FantAntonio.

“It’s not a problem. If anything, they’ll be doing him a favour. He has too much experience to be troubled by a situation like this. He just gets fired up by it. I swear over the last few days he has been the usual Cassano, joking and laughing all the time. If he feels the nerves for this match, he’s hiding it very well.”

Milito was part of the Treble-winning Inter side and is impressed with new boss Stramaccioni.

“The Coach arrived in a moment of great difficulty for the club and presented himself well. The psychological aspect was crucial, as he quickly managed to gain everyone’s trust.

“Stramaccioni talks a great deal and does so to your face. He always speaks the truth and his mind. I will just say that Jose Mourinho was like that too...”